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U.S. sets new rules for fracking on federal lands

U.S. sets new rules for fracking on federal lands http://reut.rs/JRLGzC

The Obama administration unveiled long-awaited rules on Friday to bolster oversight of “fracking” on public lands, seeking to allay environmental concerns over the technology that has spurred a boom in shale gas drilling in the United States.

The Interior Department proposal would require companies to obtain government approval to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in drilling for natural gas on federal lands.

The rules would not affect drilling on private land, where the bulk of shale exploration is taking place

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